Over Hill Sailing Club
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Re: BFS Proponent Rescued at Sea
Probably at least a million. All you can do is try to think ahead so that when something unexpected happens, at least you may be able to deal with it. There things you are not going to be able to fix but plenty of things that you can without throwing in the towel and expecting to be airlifted off a boat that's still sailable. I'm always impressed by the solo circumnav of Jean de Sud in his A30 when he gets rolled multiple times in the 40s, running with 20' breaking seas at night, mast is ripped off, no one answers the EPIRB signal, radios trashed, so he dives in the water to retrieve what rigging he can, sets a jib sideways on a piece of mast that he jury rigs and sails the freaking thing back. No rescue necessary.
What I hopefully have are the components to rig up a temporary "rudder." They really do not take up all that much room, broken down, and could come in handy. Keeping spare rigging parts, a few swageless fittings, some simple wire clamps, etc., stuff so you can help yourself, makes a lot of sense to me.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 07-19-2012 at 05:00 PM.